DEBORA DAX

debora@deboradax.com
+31(0)61 848 40 90

The body is inspiration and origin of Debora Dax. The designer developed a keen interest in how design practice can be used to surpass physical limits of bodies as well as how to overcome emotional boundaries of individuals. Through her work, Debora Dax aims to tackle contemporary issues and societal taboo’s around body image, gender diversity and identity expression. Her concepts aim to improve well-being, strengthen social bonding, enhance bodily sensations or manifests experiences.

Debora Dax was invited by various educational, cultural and interdisciplinary institutions to collaborate and share her approach. Her projects were exhibited during events with a focus on design (Dutch Design Week), art (Amsterdam Museum), film (Kriterion), fashion (FASHIONCLAS Festival), interior (Salone del Mobile), interdisciplinarity (Art of Management and Organization Conference), gender diversity (TranScreen), education (Delft Institute of Positive Design), sexuality (DayDayGay), public speaking (PechaKucha), innovation (VPRO), local communities (24H Amsterdam) or socio-politics (Jerusalem Design Week).

6 OBJECTS - Projecting Identity Expressions (Trailer)

The artistic documentary (10min) gives insight into the experiences, wishes and needs of people who consciously express their identity and enables questions about how we experience, judge or define identity.
Cast / Alice Olsthoorn, Dionisis Argyropoulos-Ioannou (Dynno Dada), Lilia Scheerder (Antoine Panaché), Jeanine Eindhoven, Rover Valentijn, Sean-Claude Neufville and Debora Dax Producer / Jella Lena van Eck Director of Photography  / Chris Rijksen Edit  / Jella Lena van Eck Location Sound Recordist  / Sebastian Iglesias Sound Designer  / Sebastian Iglesias Music  / Aki Spadaro Special thanks to /  Sylvia and Maik Supported by  / The AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts)
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6 OBJECTS - Projecting Identity Expressions (Teasers)

Six people with various backgrounds talk about their identity using the most meaningful object for their transformation and/or gender expression. The characters do not come into view, but express their identity through this object by means of another's body. The artistic documentary offers the audience a different perspective on identity.
Cast / Alice Olsthoorn, Dionisis Argyropoulos-Ioannou (Dynno Dada), Jeanine Eindhoven, Lilia Scheerder (Antoine Panaché), Rover Valentijn Sean-Claude Neufville and Debora Dax Producer / Jella Lena van Eck Director of Photography / Chris Rijksen Edit / Jella Lena van Eck Location Sound Recordist / Sebastian Iglesias Sound Designer / Sebastian Iglesias Music / Aki Spadaro Special thanks to / Maik and Sylvia Supported by / The AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts)
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A DDRESS transition

A clothing concept made for individuals born in a male body who like to express their feminine side. Through various trans* communities in Amsterdam, Debora Dax got in contact with people who have difficulties in finding suitable clothing to express their (temporary) desire. The collection is inspired by stories of male-to-female-transgenders as well as male-to-female-crossdressers aiming to camouflage broad shoulders, wide waists and tall figures.
Concept and Design / Debora Dax (Design Academy Eindhoven, Man and Communication, January 2016) Photography / Davy de Lepper Make up / Soraya Akkerman Models / Femke Korving, Laura van de Berg, Melanie Taverne, Nicky de Boer, Sandra Beers, Sylvia van de Berge
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UNLIMITED RECIPROCITY -
items for shared twoness

Wearing the clothing from another person can trigger a feeling of comfort and sense of belonging. Often this act of sharing clothing is unidirectional due to physical differences of people' s body types. Hence, only one individual can offer whereas the other can only receive. By creating garments that are adaptable in size, this series bypass physical boundaries and enables fairer playfulness and mutual connectedness. While referring to precious metals, Debora Dax aims to indicate the value of shared intimacy and reciprocity, an never ending gesture to manifest affection.
Concept and Design / Debora Dax (Design Academy Eindhoven, Man and Communication, January 2016) Camera and Editing / Anastasija Pirozenko Cast / Japheth Fenton, Maria Metsalu, Nanke Cui, Oliver Rutte, Robbert Sikking and Rodolfo Miranda
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InConTextUre

A concept aiming to challenge the contemporary female beauty ideal. These garments reflect what many women try to avoid and/or hide on their body: surfaces (dry skin, stubbles and cellulite), ornaments (wrinkles, love handles and beer belly) and color ranges (bruises, stretch marks and public hair) that are regarded as skin structures that deviate from the norm.
Concept and Design / Debora Dax (Design Academy Eindhoven, Man and Communication, January 2014) Photography / Jose Pasmans Models / Cleo Kerkhof and Hannah Hurtz